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Blue Dot: Pascal Lee and the Carl Sagan Prize

Pascal Lee & Carl Sagan
SETI Institute & Wonderfest
Pascal Lee & Carl Sagan

Host Dave Schlom and Pascal Lee team up once again, this time to discuss Lee winning the Carl Sagan Prize from Wonderfest in the San Francisco Bay Area for his scientific research and gift for science communication.

In this episode, Lee recounts in detail what it was like to be Sagan's last student assistant at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Sagan's legacy as a science communicator inspires Lee to take his passion for the exploration of space in general and Mars in particular to the public, speaking to a wide array of audiences, from school kids to the general public.

Pascal also goes into detail on his take for the answer to the famous Drake Equation, where N equals the number of advanced civilizations beyond Earth, factoring in the number of stars, habitable planets surrounding them, and the emergence of life. Lee's opinion, based on science, is that that number may be astonishingly small!

Dave Schlom is the longtime host and creator of Blue Dot. From surfing to Voyager in interstellar space, rock guitar to orcas in our imperiled oceans, the topics on Blue Dot are as varied as the host’s interests and connections -- which are pretty limitless! An internationally respected space history journalist, Dave is also deeply fascinated by all aspects of the grand workings of nature’s awesome machinery on scales ranging from galactic to subatomic. And topics take in all aspects of the arts and sciences.
Matt Fidler is a producer and sound designer with over 15 years’ experience producing nationally distributed public radio programs. He has worked for shows such as Freakonomics Radio, Selected Shorts, Studio 360, The New Yorker Radio Hour and The Takeaway. In 2017, Matt launched the language podcast Very Bad Words, hitting the #28 spot in the iTunes podcast charts.